Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Pat Kingsley admitted, “I did have that conversation with him, about cooling it with the Scientology talk.” Kingsley first met Tom Cruise in 1992 on the set of the movie, A Few Good Men.
It was then that he gave her an impromptu job interview in his movie trailer. Kingsley stated, “He grilled me in his trailer. It was fabulous.”
“What do you think about this? How important do you think Japan is? And how important do you think TV is as opposed to print?” Kingsley went on to admit that, “I was quite taken with him. And then he called me and said, ‘Let’s start tomorrow.’”
Pat Kingsley and Tom Cruise began what ended up being a decade of working together as well as having a personal relationship. Kingsley said, “We could almost finish each other’s sentences.”
“I liked the fact that he was so much fun. And he was so thoughtful. He remembered birthdays, my daughter’s birthday. He came to her wedding. She was registered somewhere for the china and he bought out everything.”
“We never really had a disagreement about direction or any particular interview. There was complete trust on each side.” Pat Kingsley insists that there was only one area in Cruise’s life where they did not agree on, the Church of Scientology.
Kingsley added that the Church of Scientology did meddle with her work with Cruise from the very beginning. She said, “but it was taken care of very early in the game. I felt that they were involved in a story I was doing on Tom and I said, ‘It’s not your story, it’s Tom’s. You have to step aside.’ And they did.”
According to Kingsley, she continued to have reservations about Tom Cruise’s association to the controversial church. It was during his promotional tour for his movie, The Last Samurai in 2003 that she really confronted the actor about the church.
She said that she told Cruise, “Scientology is fine. You want to do a tour for Scientology? Do a tour for Scientology but Warner Bros is sponsoring this tour.” She claims that after their discussion, “He did not discuss Scientology on that European tour.”
It was only a few months later that Tom Cruise made the decision to bring an end to both their working and personal relationship. She described the meeting between them.
“His assistant called and made an appointment for Tom to come into my office. He had never been to my office before. And he came in, had a few minutes of chitchat, and he said, ‘I want you to know I’ve decided to make a change.’”
“I said, ‘I knew this was going to happen today. I guess I’ll probably take a pretty big hit with the media.’ And he said, ‘Well, we’ve all had those hits, haven’t we?’”
Pat Kingsley claims that she hasn’t spoken to the A-list actor since.
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